The Thailand Cave Diving Project
An Important Archive of Thailand Cave Diving Web site information
Produced by Thailand Cave Diving Pioneer – Matt London
Note – Matt London’s original website www.fullcave.com that documented his work has long since left the internet – however, it is reproduced here courtesy of the amazing internet record s kept at www.
Warning: Cave diving can be deadly without proper training and equipment. Please stay out of the caves unless cave trained!
Welcome to the resident site of the Thailand Cave Diving Project! Dedicated to exploring Thailand’s underwater cave systems since 1996!
Within this site you will find a variety of articles and information on cave diving in Thailand and the Hogarthian / DIR cave diving equipment configuration that just so happens to work as well in the open water as it does in the caves!
We also have included cave and cave diving terms, rules and protocols, remote diving considerations including in water recompression (IWR) and the importance of receiving adequate “cave diver” training before participation. We are also striving to impress upon you the immense value that caves possess and the importance of conserving and protecting these extremely fragile resources.
Also in this edition! - Oxygen is still the ultimate decompression gas! We have an excellent excerpt form Kenneth Donald’s legendary “out of print” book ”Oxygen and the diver,” also a simulated cavern diver quiz, two cave maps, useful tourist information and “yet another” best-mix re-mix worksheet that assumes “oxygen is at least as narcotic as N2″ to add to your best mix re-mix worksheet collection, DIR diving and more! And the best part of all – it’s all absolutely free!
Thailand Cave Diving Project – Mission Statement (2006)
The Thailand Cave Diving Project is a not for profit affiliation of divers dedicated to exploration, survey, preservation, study, raising awareness and protection of underwater caves and Karst throughout South East Asia.
Our web site is very much in-progress. Over the next few months we will be adding more information for education and outreach purposes with the intention of heightening awareness as to the immense value of underwater caves and associated Karst resources. It is also the purpose of this site to stress the importance of conserving these delicate resources.
In the interest of “cave preservation”, members of the Cave Diving Project agree to never promote or use any caves for commercial or monetary $$$ purposes.Where there is reason to believe that disclosure of cave locations will lead to vandalism or commercialism before adequate protection can be established, the Cave Diving Project will oppose such publication.
All members also agree to take personal responsibility to advance the message of cave conservation and safe cave diving to all potential users.
Cave Diving Warning Sign
TCDP approved for use in Thailand (with Thai translation)
WARNING: CAVE DIVING CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS WITHOUT PROPER EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING.
BE SAFE AND STAY OUT OF UNDERWATER CAVES UNLESS CAVE TRAINED!
Cave Diving Safety
- Cave Safety, Accident Analysis and Shek Exley - The foundation to safer cave diving - M. London
- Remote Area Diving Issues – IWR and DCI Evacuation Protocols – M. London
Cave Diving Articles
- Speleogy - Cave and Karst Processes - A brief introduction to cave studies - Dean Smart
- Cave Formations / Speleothems / Dripstones - calcite bravura! inner cores of cave deposits provide scientists with important data… M. London
- Limestone Cave Evolution - 4 stages of cave development explained in layman terms - M. London
- Tower Karst in Tropical Thailand (Krabi) - some of the worlds most magnificent scenery! - M. London
- Coastal Karst Formations - Those extraordinary Andaman islands! - Dean Smart
Cave Diving Basics
- Cave Diving Equipment Fundamentals - classic “Hogarth style” DIR cave diving equipment configuration laid out - M. London
- Cave Diving Dictionary, Terminology and Acronyms – useful list of terms and expressions. M. London
- Cavern Diver Quiz - Test your basic knowledge of cavern diving - M. London
Articles on Oxygen
- Oxygen and the Diver - vintage article about oxygen toxicity - Kenneth Donald
- The Oxygen Window - benefits of 02 for decompression - M. London
- Best Mix / Re-Mix - the calculation. sheet that does it all (without need of computer) (.pdf) - M. London
- Deco Back-Up Tables - Buhlmann 86′ dive tables (.jpg)
Useful Info on Thailand
Thailand Travel Information - General and travel Information on beautiful Krabi and Thailand in general.
Cave diving maps
Long Live His Majesty the King!
member DIR network
quick links: NACD , NSS-CDS, WKPP, BSTD, NAUI, STROKES! NSS, DEEP AIR STROKES! IANTD, OCEANIC HIGHLAND BANDS GATES DRYSUITS, OCEAN DISCOVERY CDAA APEKS REGULATORS, NOAA, SOD, THAICAVES.ORG DIVERITE GAVIN SCOOTERS, GUE, HAL BSAC CMAS DYKUTBILDARNA, KRABI SANDS, GAP, RGBM, AMAZON, CS, HUNGARY, CROATIAN, H&H, NCA, GREECE, SIAMCAT
Thailand Cave Diving Project – Member List 2005
Dennis Orhill support diver
Steve Trawavas gas diver
Dean Smart speleologist
Michael Williams gas diver
Matt London project coordinator
Chris Ross gas diver
Sayan Patrat support diver & local knowledge (southern provinces)
Magnus Lindstromm support diver
Kang Gertrongum support & local knowledge (northern provinces)
Pierre Nyberg support diver
Nicolas Le Clerc support diver